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Buchanan 37 ft Sloop 1961



Buchanan 37 ft Sloop 1961

Designer Alan Buchanan
Builder R J Prior & Son Burnham
Date 1961
Length overall 37 ft 5 in / 11.4 m
Length deck 37 ft 5 in / 11.4 m
Length waterline 25 ft 11 in / 7.9 m
Beam 8 ft 10 in / 2.7 m
Draft 6 ft 3 in / 1.9 m
Displacement 6.7 Tonnes
Construction Afromosia & mahogany on Canadian rock elm frames
Engine Volvo 40 HP Diesel
Location United Kingdom
Price GBP 65,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



In 1960 Alan Buchanan was persuaded to design a yacht very similar to his own, also to be built by Priors, for a friend. SINBAD was the result and she proved even faster than his own! SINBAD’s recent former owner, an experienced yachtsman had her interior sympathetically and cleverly reworked; replaced her sails; and focused on all areas to make her a very usable family cruiser as well as potent classic racer – and succeeded. Under her current ownership SINBAD has wintered for the last 4 years at the Elephant boatyard, who in 2012 also fitted a new teak deck


Navigation communications and electronics

- Garmin map 550 GPS
- Icom VHF Marine IC –M505
- Tack tick Full set of wind speed depth; 4 displays on deck and 1 below
- Linked into GPS plotter Course and speed over ground
- Raymarine Smart Pilot auto pilot (hidden on deck)
- Dual depth transducer
- 4 displays on deck 1 below)
- Tack tick Micronet remote
- Clock and Barometer
- Sony CD player


Deck equipment and ground tackle

- New Lewmar electric windlass works both chain and warp (with remote control
- Lewmar 2 x ST and 2 x Standard sheet winches
- CQR anchor with 66 ft / 20 m chain and 100 ft / 30 m warp
- Dorade vents and boxes over coach roof either side of mast
- Deck hot and cold shower stbd by cockpit
- Caribbean (cream) awning from main gooseneck to back stay with cleared detachable sides
- Cockpit cover
- Hatch cover
- Avon Redcrest dinghy


Mechanical, electrical and tankage

- Tiller steering
- Recently rewired
- Mastervolt battery monitor; BTM III
- 2 x L110 type domestic batteries (under port settee)
- 1 x engine battery (starboard)
- New fuel tank


Rig spars and sails

- Aluminium alloy mast and new standing rigging in stainless steel
- Main boom silver spruce
- Lazy Jacks
- Halyard winches
- Genoa (North Sails 2008)
- Jib (Ratsey) furling
- Fully battened main sail (North Sails 2008)
- Asymmetric (North Sails 2008)
- 1 x 1.5 oz Ratsey symmetrical spinnaker
- 1 x 0.75 oz Ratsey symmetrical spinnaker
- Spare main (Ratsey)


Accommodation and domestic equipment

From the lazarette aft to long cockpit, with removable generous folding table, the bridge deck leads to the sliding hatch companionway steps down over the engine casing to the main cabin. This has teak trimmed cedar and fir wood joinery imbuing a warm ambience with white painted deck head for good light. Passing by the galley and navigation area half bulkheads reveal
- Saloon with settee berth to port converts to double if required using the twisting top table
- Stowage shelves and lockers outboard and below
- Bulkhead opening forward leads to the head with Baby Blake WC) with doorway to port
- Fore cabin with vee berths to the sides, stowage and open hanging locker to starboard
- Chain trap forward

Coming aft through the saloon
- Single settee berth to port, stowage under and outboard
- Half bulkheads and grab rails
- Galley on stbd side with Wallas Marine Safeflame Ceramic 100 paraffin grill
- Stainless steel sink with pumped hot and cold water, pump water out
- Isotherm top loading fridge with stowage around and below
- Generous Navigation area with large chart table, drawers under and locker to port
- Quarter berth aft



- 7/8th inch Afromosia and mahogany plank (recently stripped back to bare wood below waterline, repainted and repainted topsides) laid over Canadian rock elm bentwood frames
- Main keel, stem, stern post and horn timber of iroko
- Mahogany rudder
- Hardwood main deck beams and carlins
- Teak comings
- Ribbon laid teak decks
- Cast one pour lead keel
- Teak and holly cabin sole
- New trunk cabin


Historical notes

SINBAD is one of only two - then state of the art - racing yachts of this particular. She and TAITSING her near sister yacht proved to be very fast and finely balanced but in one main respect they differed; SINBAD with the advantage of a masthead rig could make greater speed over her ¾ rigged near sister.

On her maiden voyage; delivery from Priors yard in Essex to North Wales she entered the Round the Island Race and won. Subsequently From 1988 to 1992 during the ownership of Kathy Kilbey, SINBAD OF ABERSOCH was actively campaigned in RORC Ocean Racing events, including the 1989 Fastnet Race, winning her class. At that time there were only a handful of 1960s Class ll racing yachts in a competitive enough state to race, the most successful of which was the Jacksons\' SUNSTONE, a Sparkman & Stevens wooden yacht which usually arrived well ahead of everyone else – including many of the then modern plastic fleet of Sigma 38s etc.

She then became more a family boat, cruising in Scottish, home and north French waters for several years before being sold in 1985 – only to be bought back again a few years later by the same owner – then more recently sold again to be sailed mainly in the Solent.



- 2 Kg powder fire extinguishers (in hanging locker)
- Emergency tiller
- 2 x automatic bilge pumps
- Original bronze Whale manual bilge pump in cockpit


Refit notes

Already in good condition on acquisition by her current owner SINBAD’s deck however did need replacing. A new teak deck has therefore been laid by the Elephant boatyard. Otherwise she has been equipped with new stainless steel pulpit and bow anchor rollers and a new brass framed window at the fore end of the trunk cabin.


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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